Emirates Offers Adjoining Seats for Purchase in Economy

Passengers looking for additional space in Emirates’ economy class can now purchase up to three adjoining seats on their flight.

If the global Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to be more aware of your surroundings, which can be tough when you’re in the air. Fortunately, Dubai airline Emirates now offers passengers the chance to secure the adjacent seats in economy, ensuring privacy and space when you travel.

These seats will be offered to all Economy Class customers holding a confirmed booking, although customers will not be able to pre-book empty seats, as these are subject to availability. Empty seats will only be offered for purchase at the airport check-in counter prior to flight departure, and costs range from US$ 55 to US$ 165 per empty seat, plus applicable taxes, depending on the flight sector.

Emirates has introduced this new seat product on the back of customer feedback, addressing the needs of a range of customers seeking extra privacy and space while still flying in Economy Class. This includes couples who wish to have the entire row to themselves (maximum of three seats in the same row), parents travelling with in-lap infants, or those who simply want the added assurance of more space while travelling during pandemic times.

In addition to the new empty seats option, Emirates currently offers a variety of seat products for Economy Class customers to choose their favourite seat based on their travel needs. These include extra legroom seats in exit rows; twin seats in a row of two, found at the back of the airline’s 777 and A380 aircraft; and preferred seats in selected sections of the economy class cabin.

These seats, available via Emirates.com, Emirates contact centres, at airport check-in, onboard, and through travel agent partners, are offered for free or at a charge, depending on the customer’s Emirates Skywards membership tier, fare type, time to departure, and other special needs.

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